For this year's moto roundup, Charlie Connell has gathered the top 10 motorcycles and top 10 cars.
Ford Shelby GT500
Later this year Ford will release the latest iteration of the iconic muscle car — the Ford Shelby GT500. Details about the car are still a little vague, but what we do know is enough to leave us giddy with anticipation. Ford is promising that the supercharged 5.2 liter V8 engine will be capable of more than 700 horsepower, making it their most powerful Mustang ever.
Lexus RC F
If the Lexus RC F was merely a sleek luxury ride it would be enough to raise eyebrows, but there is so much more under the hood. Make no mistake, with a powerful V8 engine and the new Launch Control system, the RC F absolutely flies off the line. Let’s be honest, who can resist this combination of speed and looks?
Cadillac has been synonymous with class for as long as any of us can remember. Honestly, how many times have you described something as being the Cadillac of its sphere? The CT6-V Cadillac wants to show you that class can also go pretty damn fast. The Blackwing Twin Turbo V8 is a beast that provides all the power you could possibly need. The interior is sleek and luxurious, as one has come to expect from Cadillac. The CT6-V takes the beloved brand into the future.
People tend to get too excited about the “brand new thing,” often at the expense of recognizing sustained excellence. This Audi deserves all the hype with the A8. The four-door luxury sedan has been available since 1994, but each year, Audi finds a subtle way to make the model even better. The Audi Virtual Cockpit — a customizable all-digital dashboard — gives the latest A8 a futuristic feel.
BMW Z4 Roadster
If you’re one of those folks that loves nothing more than jumping into a two-seater; rolling the top down; and stomping on the pedal, the BMW Z4 Roadster is for you. Inspired by race cars, the Z4 is more than just eye candy. With a wider stance for perfect handling, the Z4 is practically begging to be taken out on the road.
Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Edition with Coach Doors
Are the coach doors on the 80th anniversary Lincoln Continental a bit of a gimmick? Most definitely. Does that make them any less badass? Of course not! This model is the perfect homage to the car that brought the idea of driving luxury to the streets of America. While the doors may be a throwback to times gone past, the interior design is state-of-the-art. Most notably, for the personalized rear suite console with wireless charging. This might be the only car where you’ll be fighting friends to sit in back, not shotgun.
McLaren 720S Coupe
McLaren refers to their 720S as a “supercar,” the kind of braggadocios statement that would normally get a person laughed out of the room. Remarkably, the 720S actually lives up to the buildup. Instantly recognizable, thanks to the twin-hinged doors and sleek body, it is the stuff you can’t see that makes this car a true stand-out. All the power in the world doesn’t matter if you can’t control it, and the Proactive Chassis Control II system makes sure that the 720S handles like a dream, no matter if it’s on a mountain pass or city street.
Tesla Model Y
Tesla’s mercurial owner, Elon Musk, spends so much time making headlines for smoking pot with Joe Rogan and dropping unlistenable rap songs about Harambe. But his brand’s automobiles are almost flying under the radar. The Model Y is Tesla’s impressive take on the SUV. There are a slew of eyebrow-raising features in the Model Y: a range of 300 miles, seating capacity for seven, two independent motors that control torque to the front and rear wheels, and a 15-inch touchscreen display, designed to improve over time.
Mercedes-Benz is fully embracing the electric revolution with this jaw-droppingly gorgeous SUV. With an interior that looks more like a shuttlecraft from Star Trek than an automobile, the EQC is truly cutting edge. The all-new MBUX media system responds to voice commands, and learns over time. Yes, you heard that right. This is basically KIT from Knight Rider. Beyond all the futuristic bells and whistles, the electric engine delivers 400+ horsepower, making sure that the EQC still does everything you’ve come to expect from a Mercedes SUV.
Aston Martin Vantage
If we ever get a new James Bond movie, the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage will likely be his car of choice. We can easily imagine the world’s most famous spy tearing down the streets of Monaco in this sleek machine. Inspired by jungle cats just as much as race cars, the Vantage is incredibly light, and has a near perfect 50:50 weight distribution, which means that it will handle perfectly, no matter the conditions. The interior looks as much like a fighter jet as a car, and it will definitely inspire you to do your best driving. This is a car you’ll want to be seen in. That is, if they can catch up fast enough to get a glimpse.
Ducati Panigale V4 R
If you are looking for a bike to take on a nice leisurely cruise around the countryside, do yourself a favor and skip this part. The Ducati Panigale V4 R was born to do one thing—go fast. This is an approved for road-use version of the Ducati Superbikes that will be competing in 2019. The Panigale is the unique bike that will allow expert riders to really push the limits while also being easy to use for even novice riders.
Ural Gear Up
This may be a hot take but I’ll gladly take it with me to my grave: Sidecars are fucking awesome. That’s why we instantly fell in love with the Ural Gear Up. The look is completely retro, but all of the components are thoroughly modern. There’s the LED fog lights, the sidecar power outlet, a luggage rack and a folding utility shovel. There’s also a universal spare wheel that fits any of the three positions. The Gear Up is the ultimate motorcycle for your next adventure, and it won’t have to be a solo affair thanks to that rad sidecar.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR
This bike isn’t designed to race—it’s designed to win. It’s the bike that Jonathan Rea rode to a fourth straight FIM Superbike world championship last year. We could gush on and on about the technical specs that make the Ninja ZX-10RR a must-ride (like the powerful 998cc engine), but what really struck us was the bold color choice. It is only available in neon lime green. That’s a hell of a statement if you ask us. But I guess if people are only going to be able to see the blur speeding by them you want to make it a memorable blur.
The very concept of this bike is hard to fathom—a Harley-Davidson with a near silent motor. The LiveWire is Harley’s foray into an electric bike, so the engine will sound more like a Prius than what you’ve come to expect from a motorcycle. But don’t let all that silence fool you into thinking it won’t be powerful. The LiveWire will be capable of going 0 to 60 in three seconds. With a range of 140 city miles, the LiveWire’s battery can charge fully in an hour. This is a look at the possible future of motorcycles.
Triumph Thruxton TFC
If you are one of the lucky few to actually get a chance to ride the Triumph Thruxton TFC—only 750 will be made—you are going to be blown away. In this iteration Triumph has increased the peak performance power while decreasing the weight from previous Thruxton models. Not only does the TFC look stunning, but it makes a beautiful sound as well thanks to the one-of-a-kind exhaust system including Vance & Hines titanium mufflers.
This is one of the most popular street bikes out there. At Inked we usually encourage you to stand out from the crowd, but this is one time where we make an exception as the Honda CBR500R is popular because it is a phenomenal motorcycle. Some of the new innovations in this year’s model include the slipper/assist clutch, digital instrumentation and a reprofiled transmission. This is the Goldilocks of motorcycles—a perfect blend of performance, versatility, affordability and style. Everything is just right.
Indian FTR 1200S
If you are looking for the perfect blend of retro look and modern technology, look no further than the Indian FTR 1200S. In addition to the iconic style we’ve come to expect, the FTR 1200S is packed with state-of-the-art features, starting with a 4.3” customizable Ride Command touch screen. The gas tank is located underneath the seat to give the rider even more control, which is always nice. Sport, Standard and Rain modes help you adapt to whatever conditions are thrown your way. Indian has perfectly tailored their race-inspired design to suit all of your riding needs.
A bike has to be pretty damn impressive to be included in this article months before it technically exists, but Erik Buell’s new company has the entire industry buzzing with anticipation. Buell spent decades as a designer for Harley-Davidson and as the head of Buell Motorcycles before it was eventually bought, so you know he knows his stuff. With Fuell he is launching an electric motorcycle and bicycle in what is a sneak peek of what the future may look like. We’ll know a whole lot more about the bike when it is fully revealed on April 23rd, but honestly, we already know enough to be giddy about the eventual release.
Husqvarna Svartpilen 701
Chances are that you’ll never be able to pronounce the name of this bad boy, but we won’t judge you. This Swedish company has been making motorcycles since 1903 and it’s time that we got acquainted with them here in the US. The Svartpilen is a prime example of minimalism at its finest. The bike has been stripped of all unnecessary parts, giving it a sleek and simple look. Offroad style handlebars keep the rider in an upright position, helping to give control over the ride. If you haven’t yet heard of Husqvarna, one look at the Svartpilen 701 will change that in a hurry.
Royal Enfield Interceptor (INT) 650
Hopping on a Royal Enfield Interceptor is like taking a time machine back to California in the 1960s, at least when it comes to style. On the other hand, the 648cc engine and precise Bosch fuel injection system use the latest technology available. This is the first bike made by Royal Enfield that includes a six-speed gearbox, a development created to ensure a perfect ride in any conditions. Novices and expert riders will all enjoy the INT650.